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Vote -1 Vote +1janice
November 25, 2011 at 6:12 pm

David i have a question.I took your course{survive in place) and it was a real eyeopener but that was in the past.Now i’m wondering if it would be a good idea to take it again as you said you’ve refined it.What do you think?janice


-13 Vote -1 Vote +1Randal
November 25, 2011 at 6:21 pm

David, I consider myself a Prepper and a Survivalist. However, I want you to know that I do not share your religious and political views. Your ill-informed views of the Occupy movement sound like they’re straight from the mouth of Rush Limbaugh or Glen Beck. I suggest you spend a little more time studying economics, monetary history, and the looting of the world by multinational corporations and banksters. Otherwise, stick to something you know, like prepping.


+12 Vote -1 Vote +1Martin
November 26, 2011 at 11:47 am

Randal, It’s time you woke up. The OWS is a total farce. They are vilolent, rude, crude and completely anti American. Most of them want to turn America into a Socialist/Communist duplicate of Europe. Just look at their signs to see the truth. They are anti-corporations, yet most of them use the products of the same coporations they’re protesting against (cell phones, laptops, twitter etc). If this is what you support, fine, but don’t downplay the idea that these people are enemy’s of Capitalism (what this country was founded on). OWS is a joke.


+5 Vote -1 Vote +1Dez
November 27, 2011 at 12:20 am

Really!!!!! If you really consider yourself a prepper you could not possibly follow the logic and response of the Occupiers… They are your enemy and will bring and create the chaos you are foolish enough to think you understand and support. They are not supporting capitalism and the Republic our founders created. They are destroyers and anarchists….Not what I support or encourage… Get a grip and read what your founders gave you… if you are intelligent enough to understand their words… I DOUBT IT…


+5 Vote -1 Vote +1Mike
November 27, 2011 at 9:05 am

I am sure more than one person thinks you should study a bit more also. OWS has nothing to do with bankers or corporations. It is about increasing Gov’t power. Look at who is behind it. Teaching these useful idiots (marxist term) how to get arrested is just one example. This was done by union communists.
If you really studied economics you would see Capitalism, while not perfect is what works.
If you don’t like a product, don’t buy. No other options? Make one yourself and sell it. If you think the Gov’t should regulate it, you are a liberal, socialist or communist.
Prep all you want. Just don’t tread on me.


+5 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
November 28, 2011 at 9:39 am


If you take religion, politics, money, and sex out of all of your conversations, it makes for a very boring conversation 🙂

But really, I’d dare say that I’ve spent more time at more Occupy events than Glen and Rush put together and have a firm grasp on how evil they are.

The TEA (Taxed Enough Already if you don’t know what it stands for) Party is against crony capitalism, looting, and immoral politicians and business people too–they just aren’t socialists and don’t want to confiscate your life’s labor and tell you you’re too stupid to decide how to live your life. If you don’t like crooks in suits, then we’re on the same page. If you think that socialism is the answer to crooks in coats, then we’ll have to agree to disagree.

In this case, OWS is made up of the very people who want to put cities, regions, or the entire country into a grid-down situation where survival skills will be critical.


+3 Vote -1 Vote +1Warfighter
November 25, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Michael Howell wrote:
“When it does come down, (NOT IF) There are only going to be 4 things that are worth anything…. You can’t eat gold.
1. Food
2. Fuel
3. Firearms (and Ammo)
4. Water.
Everything else will be basically worthless in the trade cycle. You will have to have the intelligence, Knowledge, and Mindset to survive and save your family. I highly recommend Frontsight for a mindset education. My wife and I went through it and came home and started teaching our children and Grand Children. All 5 of them are now total believers and I know we will survive almost anything”

Mr. Howell, you are 100% SPOT ON!!

HOWEVER…IN ADDITION to these very ESSENTIAL survival preparations, you MUST also have the KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, TACTICAL ORGANIZATION, AND MANPOWER TO PROTECT YOUR HARD EARNED SUPPLIES, AND RETREAT SITE from those elements of society who believe that they are ENTITLED TO TAKE whatsoever they wish, by means of their SHEER NUMBER, and their ABILITY TO WAGE WAR!

Hell’s Angels, The Breed, The Chosen Few…these are but a FEW of the renegade, outlaw biker gangs, who along with the Entitlement/Welfare crowd, and their “homies” the Crips, Bloods, La Raza, Los Zetas, MS-13, and other various and sundry SUBSPECIES CRIMINALS and STREET THUGS, WILL DESCEND on the major cities, AND on areas where preppers are known to have their retreats, once they realize that their WIC/Welfare debit cards no longer work, and their Food Stamps are worthless!

Folks…these people are RUTHLESS, AMORAL, and THEY WILL KILL YOU, AND YOUR FAMILY in order to take up residence in your retreat, or like the locusts they are…take your supplies and move on!

I have SEEN what these types of criminals and deviants are capable of, and unless YOU are TACTICALLY TRAINED, or your group has a good sized, MILITARY TRAINED SECURITY FORCE within its ranks…these deviants will EASILY OVERRUN, KILL YOU, AND TAKE WHAT YOU HAVE!!

I STRONGLY RECOMMEND that preppers and survivalist groups consider tactical alliances with any of the well-established, well equipped Title 10 CIDG units in your areas. (Militia units) The militias can prove to be an invaluable ally once TSHTF, as THEY ARE trained in MILITARY TACTICS, and the MAJORITY of militia members are combat veterans, from various military service branches.

IT WOULD BEHOOVE YOU to consider such critical alliances, since once TSHTF..ALL BETS ARE OFF, and you’ll not only have to worry about society’s CRIMINAL ELEMENT, but also the CRIMINALS IN D.C., and their NWO agendas! They will most likely have FOREIGN TROOPS, along with U.N., FEMA, and NORTHCOM THUGS combing the countryside, looking for any “pockets of resistance” to “pacify” as dictated in U.S. Civil Disturbance Plan 55-2, also known as Operations Garden Plot, and Cable Splicer.

I spent many years in SPECOPS, and have seen these documents. THEY ARE NO JOKING MATTER!! They WILL use tactical airstrikes, and LEVEL any area where “criminal resistance” (read militia, patriot, or survivalist groups) is encountered. Without folks who KNOW how to knock down a helo, or how to disable a tank, you’ll ALL be naught but cannon fodder for these NWO thugs. I therefore STRONGLY recommend that all prepper and survivalist groups consider tactical combat alliances with the militia units in your areas.

Here in my home, the Sovereign Republic of Texas, our TItle 10 militias are more than ready to ally with preppers and survivalists, in the common cause of restoring the Sovereign Republic of Texas to her rightful place as a FREE, SOVEREIGN, INDEPENDENT REPUBLIC. We are going to make DAMNED SURE that these NWO THUGS REALIZE EXACTLY WHAT “DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS” MEANS!! I suggest y’all consider doing the same in your AO’s

God Bless, Protect and Restore the Sovereign Republic of Texas!

Proud Southerner, Texian Free Man, and Soldier of the Sovereign Republic of Texas.


+2 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
November 28, 2011 at 9:11 am

David’s note: While most will find their heads nodding their heads as they read the first half of this comment, many will find the 2nd half to be a little extreme. For most people, the best thing that you can do is focus on preparing your family with basic necessities and skills, including self-defense. There is a big difference between self-defense and small unit tactics and most people would spend their time better learning other marketable skills rather than small unit tactics. Are small unit tactics useful in a “Mad Max” scenario? Yes. Will they help your family between now and a Mad Max scenario as much as other skills? You’re probably not going to need to know how to do a bounding retreat or an L-ambush at lunch today, but you might just benefit from negotiating skills, situational awareness skills, and self-defense skills.

I’m not saying that community defense groups are catagorically good or bad…because there are groups that are INCREDIBLY bad and will put more unnecessary targets on your back than you want and there are groups that are very good. In general, I will say that this is something that you might want to wait to explore until you have all of your basic foundational preparedness taken care of.


+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Jenna
November 25, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Thank you, David and all of you who write in. I can usually glean some good ideas or advice when I read the comments.

I have put together a group of about 20 people in my community and we will be meeting for our 2nd monthly meeting next week. I am running these meetings based on your Survive In Place program. Several have already bought it for themselves to have a copy. I feel a huge weight is lifted by teaching what I know and am still learning. Keep it coming and God bless.


+7 Vote -1 Vote +1Lamont
November 26, 2011 at 6:43 am


After watching the ridiculousness of the Black Friday mobs on the news today, I become more and more unable to believe that the general populace has the ability to come together when the SHTF. The masses continue to bewilder and disgust me. If the riot mentality rules over a $2.00 waffle iron, what will it be like when those same people don’t have clean drinking water.


-7 Vote -1 Vote +1Richard
November 26, 2011 at 5:47 pm

David; I like your website, and read it religeously. As a prepper, I can connect with you. But, you have no idea of what the “Occupy Movement ” is all about! Capitalism has degraded to the point that it has become a support for unbridaled greed – worldwide! I have enjoyed running my own business – but have never done so at other’s expense, and have always given back…..you can’t say that about the Waltons of Walmart! It is the GREED that is collapsing this country – which is what I’m preparing for! Yea “Occupy”!


+11 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
November 28, 2011 at 9:31 am

After spending several days at Occupy events in multiple cities/states, I think I actually DO have a firm grasp on what the Occupy movement is all about.

You may not like WalMart, but they’re in the middle of a $2 BILLION anti-hunger campaign that includes giving away 1.1 BILLION pounds of food in the US http://walmartstores.com/CommunityGiving/9599.aspx and give millions of dollars to dozens of organizations: http://walmartstores.com/communitygiving/203.aspx

They wouldn’t have that money to give…and they wouldn’t have thousands of stores…if people wouldn’t make the concious decision on a daily basis to shop at WalMart.

What they’re doing by providing items that people want at prices they can afford is very different than crooked companies and politicians working together to enrich themselves and keep themselves in power.


+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Betsy
November 27, 2011 at 3:58 am

Thank you for saving lives..ours, our loved ones. Your course is “spot on” and filled with good practical information. I also much appreciate the suggestion we also rely on faith to guide us through the possible nightmare senarios. Without faith, one easily can fall into despair and barbarism. I do believe something greater than ourselves is key to survival also.

Saddens me that some folks make resistance to you suggesting a spiritual basis more important than your life saving information.


+5 Vote -1 Vote +1LiLBKP
November 27, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Your so right about Preppers/Survivalists being on the front lines when disaster strikes. Living in a hurricane zone I have witnessed this with each emergency. There are always those that head to the local shelters to await governmental assistance. However, there are so many that prepare to survive in place. Many may not even consider themselves preppers or survivalists however, once a disaster has passed they move out into their neighborhoods with chainsaws, food, water, or other necessary aide for those around them. After Kitrina all anyone heard of was New Orleans, however Mississippi was devastated. Alabama had areas that were destroyed. However, Alabama was easier for FEMA to get to so aide flowed. Having family in Mississippi and being unable to reach them for days I decided to gather some supplies and head that way. At the shoppping centers when shoppers and store managers heard I was heading to Mississippi to deliver supplies they filled my SUV with all possible manner of survival supplies. It filled my heart. This is what America is about. We all do what we can to assist those in need. I drove to Mississippi and headed to my families house, all was well. They took only what they needed. I then headed toward the the shopping center at what was once the head of town. Families had made camps with what ever had survived; tarps, blankets, tents, sheets. I pulled into the shopping center and watched as each family took only the supplies they needed. I will never forget the care that those with nothing but the clothes on their back and a few cans of food showed to each other. They knew which family there had a baby and needed the baby items, which ones needed a tarp, ice, or blankets. With everything around them destroyed they shared all they had. It was nothing like what was seen in New Orlearns where you saw people stealing TV’s and other items that would do nothing to aide in there survival. As we prepare to care for our family when disaster strikes remenber there will always be those looking for TV’s to steal, but there will also be those willing to take only what they need. In Alabama we were without power for seven days, we cooked all the food we had in the freezer and shared with those around us. We saw others grab their chain saws and cut the trees that were blocking our roads. Neighbors helping each other. Even as we see our Country collasping around us we must each decide what kind of person we will be. Will we assist where we can? Are will we add to the problems? Will the skills we have help those around us, and will we use them? America has always been know for giving to those in need, will we give to those in our communities to aide in the recovery of our cities and states? The time to decide is now, not when emotions are running high. Faith in God will lead the way for those of us that believe. However for those of you that do not believe in God, still you must define your path for your family and your community. God Bless America! Thank You David, to you and your family. May God Bless and lead you as you assist the world community in self sufficiency.


Vote -1 Vote +1Di Spearman
November 30, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Thank you LILBKP for sharing your experiences and words of wisdom about each one setting their minds to be as Daniel of the Old Testament was, faithful to abide in season as well as out of season, Often, it is in unparalleled distress that we experience unparalleled deliverance in the most unexpected ways.


Vote -1 Vote +1Deborah
November 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Apparently, these Americans are considered to be dangerous because they protest the actions of the banksters, who broke the system in 2008. The senators are proposing some dangerous legislation to rein in the rebellious Americans by military seizure without charge or provision of trial by indefinite detention. The Bill, S.1867, is to go on the senate floor, in a closed committee. The president can order the military anywhere in the world to imprison
these civilians. Monday morning is the plan. They also are considering repealing the
anti-torture, interrogation measures. Just go the the ACLU Blog of rights, you’ll see.


+4 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
November 28, 2011 at 9:21 am

If, by “these Americans” you’re referring to the OWS crowd…you’re incorrect. They’re not dangerous because they are protesting the actions of “banksters.” They’re dangerous because they’re Socialists.


-5 Vote -1 Vote +1constance taft
December 2, 2011 at 9:34 am

uck. so David….. I am interested in the survival info. I do believe we are in for some major upheavals, but seeing that you are anti-OWS, I am going elsewhere for my information since you are obviously ignorant of what the real threat is to us. and it ain’t the OWSers!
the bad guys are our gov’t in collusion with evil corporations. SUCH A NO-BRAINER!!!


+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Deborah
November 27, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I have tried to send this e-mail several times, and my efforts to warn others have been thwarted. The senators plan to discuss passing dangerous legislation to detain rebellious Americans anywhere in the world without trial or charge. Seizure of civilians by the military
are slated to be detained indefinitely. They are also discussing repeal of the anti-torture methods of interrogation. This is scheduled to be discussed on Monday morning. S 1867 was drafted by Sens. McCain and Levin.


Vote -1 Vote +1Wapitiman
November 29, 2011 at 7:08 am

I am becoming very sorry I held my nose and voted for McCain. But then, I really voted for Sarah Palin.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Michael
November 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Love your ideas and newsletters. I’ve been “prepping” with research for almost 40 years, and with practical application (land,seeds,equipment,mindset) for almost 30 years. Prior to that, I was part of a couple of “movements”, one religious, one political, that I thought might make a difference. Unfortunately, I found that as these groups gained momentum and a following, the infiltration from statists, socialists, and even government informants quickly contaminated both the purity and the direction of the original concept. This is obvious now in the OWS and the Tea Party movements. As a KKK leader once said “You can tell the FBI man because he’s the first to want to blow something up!” And as all Machiavellians know, when you want to control the direction of your efforts, you create your own opposition. Love your country, Inform your neighbors, Protect our Constitution!!


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dr. Prepper
November 28, 2011 at 12:04 am

I am new to prepping, but prepping I am. I just ran across something that scares me more than anything else I have encountered, as I prepare for the shtf. It was awhile ago and MUST have been buried by the media. It was when Katrina hit ,and according to this report,
the law enforcement agencies took it upon themselves to confiscate law abiding citizens weapons…..at gunpoint. There was also video on youtube of this very disturbing situation. I am very PO”D about this if it is true. I have questions:
1] Is it true?
2] How can you defend yourself against this ?
3] And how are we as Americans going to stop this abuse?


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
November 28, 2011 at 9:19 am

It is true. You can buy a DVD that the NRA put out on the topic or do a search on YouTube to watch several, if not all, portions of it.

You can protect yourself by moving somewhere that respects the Constitution and individual liberty.

At least 15 states have passed legislation since Katrina that basically restates the 2nd ammendment and says that it will not be infringed in the event of martial law in the future.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dr. Prepper
November 28, 2011 at 11:44 am

WOW!! So law enforcement confiscated legal weapons from American citizens during the Katrina crisis at the time they needed them the most. Scary fact!
I know you[David] said that up to 15 states have restated the 2nd amendment to the effect that it will not be infringed upon in the event of martial law in the future…….Can we REALLY trust them to do so when the shtf?
I mean look at their track record about LYING to the American people to tell us what we want to hear so we will just shut up and go away.

So how do I find out which 15 or so states have adopted this stance? I live in Az, and if I had to guess, it would be Az is one of them. We [luckily] have one of the best [IMO] States to own firearms.

I thank you for your swift response to my 1st inquiry even though I am not yet a member
[That is going to change today as I can no longer put off being uninformed].

Thank you for the service you provide to us “NEWBIES” and veterans alike.

Your friend in prepping,
Dr. Prepper


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
November 28, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Here’s the federal version: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disaster_Recovery_Personal_Protection_Act_of_2006

Here is a partial list of the states that have passed similar legislation: Alaska, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Utah. They are all somewhat different, but all started out with the intent of preventing the confiscation of legally owned and posessed firearms during a declaration of emergency/martial law.


-1 Vote -1 Vote +1Wapitiman
November 29, 2011 at 7:12 am

‘Moving to a different state’ is a glib answer. There are many, many folks who can’t move for a myriad of reasons. I would have no problem temporarily burying my weapons, or hiding them where they could not be found. I, for one,will not be fodder for rioters or anarchists.


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